18-year-old Vasco Prata, who last year followed in his brother’s footsteps by traveling to the United States to play on the university circuit there, earned his first ATP point on Wednesday by advancing to the second round of the ITF M25 Idanha-a-Nova, which is hosting another international event this week.
The young tennis player from Lisbon advanced to the second round by defeating fellow countryman Gonçalo Falco, ranked 1603rd on the ATP, 6-2, 6-2.
Now that Jaime Faria has also won on Wednesday, Idanha is assured of having seven Portuguese players in the second round. After 1 hour and 40 minutes of play, the 18-year-old who is presently ranked 1090th on the ATP defeated the 1150th-ranked Fábio Coelho of Portugal by scores of 6-1, 2-6, and 6-2.
Duarte Vale, Pedro Arajo, Miguel Gomes, Hugo Maia, and Francisco Rocha are joined by Prata and Faria in the next round. Martim Simes will continue to play today despite the elimination of Tiago Torres and Guilherme Severin on Wednesday.